26 days in Kenya Itinerary

26 days in Kenya Itinerary

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26 days in Kenya Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Nairobi
— 5 nights
shuttle:  2​h
2
Naivasha
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  6​h
3
Tsavo National Park East
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Maasai Mara National Reserve
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Diani Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mombasa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
7
Watamu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Nairobi

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Appreciate the collections at Karen Blixen Museum and Upepo Photography Gallery. Family-friendly places like David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre will thrill your kids. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 10th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Nairobi National Museum, contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Fundii Centre for the Arts.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi attractions website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nairobi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in Nairobi reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naivasha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

1
night
Naivasha

Naivasha ©
Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hell's Gate National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Naivasha road trip planning app .

You can drive from Nairobi to Naivasha in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature
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Hell's Gate National Park ©
Hell's Gate National Park

1
day
Tsavo National Park East

Tsavo National Park East ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Tsavo East.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tsavo National Park East trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and train from Naivasha to Tsavo National Park East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Tsavo National Park East

Parks Wildlife
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Tsavo East ©
Tsavo East

5
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Take a break from the city and head to Mara Triangle and Olare Orok Conservancy. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Getting from Tsavo National Park East to Maasai Mara National Reserve by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

3
nights
Diani Beach

Diani Beach ©
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Slave Caves and Diani Beach Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Diani Beach and Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Sand & Sea Beach Shop, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Diani Beach itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Diani Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Diani Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Slave Caves, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Safaris
Slave Caves ©
Slave Caves

5
nights
Mombasa

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests are in your itinerary. Visiting Safaris and Nyali Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum, contemplate the long history of Jumba la Mtwana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mombasa online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Diani Beach to Mombasa takes 1.5 hours. July in Mombasa sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

4
nights
Watamu

Watamu ©
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Visiting Watamu National Marine Park and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Gede Ruins and Mnarani Ruins (Museum). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, explore and take pictures at Bio-Ken Snake Farm, and make a trip to Malindi.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Watamu travel route app .

Getting from Mombasa to Watamu by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mombasa in July since evenings lows in Watamu dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gede, Mnarani Ruins (Museum)
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe ©
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe

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